ESCAPES NEW FEDERAL GUN TAX FBI To Levy Tax By End Of Year
Only 20 States
Exempted $13$16 Applies to
Retail Gun Sales
Under the general banner of crime reduction, and citing the Brady law for its
authority, the FBI plans to tax the retail sale of handguns and long guns, starting Nov.
30, if their new computer systems are ready in time. The proposed tax could generate $1
million per week nationally, based on the bureau's estimates. Detailed information is
included in a report just issued by Phoenix-based Bloomfield Press, a book publisher
specializing in gun law [Ed.: Summary of Findings on request and website].
Perhaps more significant than a surprising new tax from the Justice
Departmentwithout any apparent Congressional approvalis the FBI's
announced plans to record complete identifying information on every person who purchases a
firearm from a licensed dealer. Any regulation that requires such recording has been
prohibited under the McClure-Volkmer Act since 1986. Neither the tax nor the gun-buyer
registration scheme appear to be legal, according to Alan Korwin, co-author of The
Virginia Gun Owner's Guide. Korwin has written seven books on gun law. His Virginia
guide contains the state's gun laws word-for-word and in plain English.
The federal registration and tax plan are being rolled out under the guise of the
National Instant Check System, required when Part 1 of the Brady law expires this year.
Under Brady Part 2, all retail handgun and long gun sales will have to run through the
system, which the FBI has based at its Clarksburg, W. Va., data center. They are hiring
500 people to handle the anticipated load.
The FBI intends to waive the tax for any state that sets up an FBI-approved central
firearms clearance center. Virginia's long-standing instant check system has been
approved, placing its state police under a degree of FBI control. In other states, each
dealer will have to ŅenrollÓ with the FBI to legally make a sale, and pay the tax on
every purchase. The Bureau will accept credit cards or will arrange to bill dealers, and
those who don't pay (or are real late on the invoice) will be literally out of business.
Several authorities have indicated that they expect enough clamor from the taxed dealers
to compel their states to comply. When 100 Arizona dealers were told at a government
meeting in June, that they would not be taxed, they cheered, apparently oblivious to the
implications of federalizing their local police.
TO: State and City News Desk Editors VIRGINIA GUN-LAW BOOK HITS NERVE 1st PRINTING SELLS OUT; LAW UPDATE RELEASED
Phoenix, Ariz., Jan. 26, 1998 / Bloomfield Press
The book that answers the question "When can you shoot to kill?" has gone into
reprint after unprecedented demand, according to its Phoenix-based publisher, Bloomfield
Press. The Virginia Gun Owner's Guide provides the sometimes controversial
answers to questions about legal gun ownership, possession and use, based on the laws of
"Virginia is one of the few states that lacks statutes on the use of
deadly force," says publisher Alan Korwin. "This created interest beyond any
we've seen in other states where we publish gun-owner guides." Virginia relies
on common law and court precedent when dealing with legitimate self-defense or criminal
shootings, and these are used in the chapter on justifiable homicide. The book compiles
and describes all of Virginia's rules for gun use and has been widely endorsed by
gun-safety advocates, according to the publisher. In addition to state gun law books,
Bloomfield publishes the unabridged edition of federal gun law, Gun Laws of America.
The company has issued a plain-English update detailing the gun-law changes enacted in the
1997 state legislature. Although these received little public notice, the update fills
four pages, and is available free on requestthe company may be reached at
1-800-707-4020 or at www.bloomfieldpress.com. Copies of the update accompany the few
remaining copies of the "historic" first edition, while the second edition is
being printed. Bloomfield considers its first edition a landmark because it represents the
first time Virginia's gun laws have been compiled and distributed to the public. Half
of all homes in the commonwealth contain at least one gun, according to the FBI.
Contact: Alan Korwin, Bloomfield Press, 602-996-4020 (Phoenix); Korwin is a nationally
recognized expert on gun law, available for interview; Media review copies of The
Virginia Gun Owner's Guide are available on request.
Highlights of new Virginia gun laws include: 1Tax limitation for handgun permit
applicants; 2Chesapeake and other restrictive localities barred from abusive
prosecution practices; 3Recognition of other states' concealed-carry permits
("reciprocity") enacted; more, see website for details. Coming soonSupreme
Court Gun Cases, Unabridged.
TO: State and City News Desk Editors IS IT CONTROVERSIAL TO KNOW THE GUN LAWS?
When exactly can you legally shoot an intruder?
For the first time, a complete set of Virginia gun laws, including the new
right-to-carry law, is being released for public use [Note: Early 1997]. The Virginia
Gun Owner's Guide is a legal landmarkresidents can now hold all the gun
laws in one hand. Written by noted firearms legal expert Alan Korwin and competitive
shooter and writer Steve Maniscalco, The Virginia Gun Owner's Guide contains
word-for-word text of the gun laws, accompanied by easy to understand descriptions.
Release is set for this fall.
"For too long, Virginians have relied on rumor and hearsayinstead of solid
informationwhen exercising the right to bear arms," Korwin commented in a
recent interview. "We expect this book to find its way onto the desks of both pro-gun
and gun-control advocates alike." Co-author Maniscalco agreed, adding, "The
Virginia Gun Owner's Guide provides a new framework for the entire firearms
In addition to demystifying state gun laws, the book also provides clear
descriptions of the federal laws for gun ownership and use. The authors cover the subjects
of self-defense and the use of deadly force, and have included lethal encounter scenarios,
material on child and adult safety, 150 self-test questions, rules for hunters, a thorough
prohibited-places list and more. Basically, if it involves firearms in Virginia it was
included in this new book. The Virginia Gun Owner's Guide will be available in bookstores and gun shops
statewide at $14.95. The publisher, however, is offering pre-publication sales at $10
(which also covers your $3 shipping charge). Copies for police department and news media
review are free on request. For info or to fire up a copy, call 1-800-707-4020.
The Virginia Gun Owner's Guide
Bloomfield Press, Phoenix, Ariz.
Alan Korwin and Steve Maniscalco
Trade paperback (8-1/2 x 5-1/2)
$8.97 each at wholesale (minimum order 12, call for details). Visa and MasterCard
TO GET A COPY:
1-800-707-4020 NOTE: Review copies for media and police are free on
Author's direct line:
Korwin: 602-996-4020; Maniscalco: 602-581-6373
About the contents:
Eight chapters describe everything about Virginia gun law in plain Englishthe
right to bear arms, the new Right-to-Carry law and qualification process, deadly force and
self-defense, prohibited weapons, the land of Virginia (where you can go shooting),
hunting laws, federal laws, and a large safety section. License applicants can gauge their
own qualifications with more than 150 thought-provoking questions. A special summary
section of local laws provides insight into the bewildering array of rules that can exist
within blocks of each other. Four appendices contain all the laws verbatim, a glossary of
terms, "crime and punishment" chart, and contacts for authorities all over the
About the company:
We're a classic small press with six titles under our belts: The Arizona Gun
Owner's Guide, The California Gun Owner's Guide, Gun Laws of America (unabridged
edition of federal gun law), The Texas Gun Owner's Guide, The Virginia Gun
Owner's Guide, and WickenburgThe ultimate guide to the ultimate western
town. Call for our free listing of books on personal safety, self defense, crime
avoidance and the Second Amendment. Coming soon: The Florida Gun Owner's Guide
and Supreme Court Gun Cases, unabridged.
About the author:
Alan Korwin owns Bloomfield Press with his wife, Cheryl, and has been a full-time
free-lance writer for more than 20 years. His clients range from the corporate giants to
mom-and-pop operations. In addition to writing he does professional training in executive
telephone skills, writing for publication, Instant Expertisehow to find out
practically anything fast, and more. The Virginia Gun Owner's Guide is his
Steve Maniscalco has been writing professionally for seven years, in
civilian service to the U.S. Navy and Air Force. He is an active competitive shooter,
having participated in hundreds of matches. Steve went full-time as a free-lance writer in
1996, and designs commercial web sites on the Internet. This is his first book.
Contrary to popular belief, the "gun laws" are not found in any
one place; in fact, they are not even called gun laws. You must be able to locate legal
codes like "§18.2-288 Definitions," "Courts Not Of Record" and noise
ordinances, to find the gun laws. There are 17 separate titles of Virginia law that
contain gun laws (see chart), as well as county and city ordinances.
Virginia Gun Laws Are Mixed IntoThese 17
"Titles" of State Law:
Alcoholic Beverage Control Code, Title 4.1
Commissions, Boards and Institutions Generally, Title 9
Counties, Cities and Towns, Title 15.1
Courts Not of Record, Title 16.1
Courts of Record, Title 17
Crimes and Offenses Generally, Title 18.2
Criminal Procedure, Title 19.2
Education, Title 22.1
Game, Inland Fisheries and Boating, Title 29.1
Institutions for the Mentally Ill, Title 37.1
Military and Emergency Laws, Title 44
Motor Vehicles, Title 46
Police (State), Title 52
Prisons and Other Methods of Correction; Title 53.1
Professions and Occupations, Title 54.1
Property and Conveyances, Title 55
Trade and Commerce, Title 59.1 DATA COMPILED BY BLOOMFIELD PRESS
"If more gun owners knew the laws about self defense and gun ownership, accidents
would drop, unintentional violations would drop, and I believe crime would drop too,"
says Alan Korwin, co-author of The Virginia Gun Owner's Guide.
Modeled after successful gun owner guides in Arizona and Texas, The Virginia Gun
Owner's Guide contains all of Virginia's gun laws word-for-word, and then
describes everything in plain English. "Gun owners are eager for this sort of
information," says co-author Steve Maniscalco, "the honest ones want to
be in compliance. They're tired of wondering if they're legal' or
not. Until now there's been no practical way to find out, short of getting arrested
for an innocent mistake." An innocent mistake can cost a person the right to bear
arms (and all other civil rights, such as voting) for life.
According to the publisher, Phoenix-based Bloomfield Press, many of the state's
gun laws are good, promote fair and responsible behavior, and outlaw criminal activity.
Other laws, they say, are probably in need of change. Co-author Maniscalco agreed, adding,
"The Virginia Gun Owner's Guide provides a new framework for the entire
firearms debateplain English."
These authors co-wroteThe
Virginia Gun Owner's Guide What a resource! PRECISION INFORMATION ON
VIRGINIA'S GUN LAWS Features Fact checking Background Color Talk That
Lights Up A Switchboard! A voice of reason A fountain of information
SUBJECTS WITH LEGS:
The Virginia Concealed-Carry Law
The Gun-Free School Zones Laws
The Assault Weapons Bans
The So-Called "Preemption" Law
Dramatic recent change to Preemption law
Use of Deadly Force
Second Amendment Issues
What you can do with guns in Virginia
What you can't do with guns in Virginia